Stamp collecting in family.
Old ilustration from the book "Stories From Postage Stamps - Where and How to Search for Rare Old Stamps Worth Fortunes - How to Start a Stamp Collection and How to Organize a Stamp Club".
STORIES FROM POSTAGE STAMPS
Where and how to search for rare old stamps worth fortunes.
How to start a stamp collection and how to organize a stamp club.
EVERY POSTAGE STAMP TELLS A STORY.
Page 2. Around the World with Stamps. Featuring the folowing countries and stamps:
Russia: Moscow Subway
Mongolia: Capturing wild horse
Fiji: Native canoe
Bulgarie: Woman Plowing
St.Pierre et Miquelon: Dog team
Mauritanie: Desert family
Canada: The Bluenose
Iraq: Arabian Row Boat
Page 3. A message for the whole family - about the World's Most Fascinating Hobby.
Page 4. Some world famous collectors
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lily Pons, Roger W. Babson, Herbert Clark Hoover, Admiral Frederic R. Harris, Theodore E. Steinway, Adolphe Menjou, Octavus Roy Cohen.
Page 5. The fiery throne - The story of a Hungarian peasant Gyorgy Dozsa, who aspired to be king and met his death upon a fiery throne.
Page 6. Tales from Mythology - as recalled by the Greek Airpost Issue if 1935.
Why africans are Black;
The Goddess of Wisdom;
The Fall of Bellerophon;
Messenger of the Gods;
The First Mortals to Fly;
How the Hellespont Got Its Name;
Tritolemus and the Flying Dragons;
Zeus Solves the Servant Problem;
Goddess of the Rainbow;
Page 10. The Bloody Balkans - Assassination in Serbia
The famed "Serbian Death Mask Stamp" appeared in 1903 following the assassination of King Alexander Obrenovic - a cruel, callous monarch, tainted by hereditary insanity.
The spark that set the world afire.
Page 11. Mail, Guns, and Ponies. Pony Express.
Page 12. The Postal Zoo
Page 15. The stamp that moved the Panama Canal
Page 16. The Fabulous Emperor
Page 17. The Story of Inflation
Page 18. Stamp Treasure Hunting - Where and how to search for rare old stamps worth fortunes
Page 21. World's Rarest Stamp - British Guiana Postage - One Cent
Page 22. The Romance of the Airmail
Page 23. How to start a stamp collection
Page 27. Men of Art and Science in postage stamps
Page 28. How to Organize a Stamp Club
You will find that the hobby of stamp collecting is twice as much fun if you make a practice of talking and swapping stamps with other collectors. The best way to accomplish this is by belonging to a stamp club, for a club enables you to increase your knowledge of stamps, dispose of your duplicates in exchange for stamps you want, and participate in enjoyable club activities, all at the same time. If there is not already a stamp club in your neighborhood, it should be an easy matter of get several friends together to form one.
Suggestion for club meetings:
Every club will naturally arrange its program to suit itself. We offer the following remarks merely as suggestions to be adapted to your won plans.
Meetings should be held regularly, and for most clubs, the best interval would seem to be every other week. If possible, the club should secure a permanent meeting place: perhaps a room in the local library, or a basement, attic, or garage donated by a member. If such a club-room is not available, the meetings can be held in turn at homes of the various members, where, by the way, some obliging wife or mother will usually be glad to serve at the appointed time that indispensable feature of all group meetings - the refreshments.
Fees for club members should be moderate: jus tenough to enable the club to subscribe to one or more stamp magazines and to furnish (in the absence of the obliging wife or mother mentioned above) the "eats"
Never forget that the primary purpose of a stamp club is pleasure, and that anyting which is disagreeable or boring to the majority of the members (long and dull speeches, for example) should be carefully avoided. Get the official business over with as quickly as possible, and let the fun begin. Games raffles, auctions, humorous speeches or articles, stamp treasure hunts, etc., will do infinitely more for a stamp club than dragging out the dry-as-dust formalities of official business. Here are a few suggestions:
- Trading Stamps: A large part of every meeting should be devoted to stamp trading. The members sit down informally to look at each other's collections and duplicates, and to exchange stamps. This is one of the greatest advantages of belonging to a stamp club, for it affords a pleasant way to get rid of your duplicates, acquire new stamps, examine your friends' collections and show them your own.
- Guessing Contest: A bowl of stamps is displayed, and each member writes a guess as to the number of stamps in the bowl. The person who makes the nearest guess wins the stamps. A lot of the cheapest stamps obtainable, with some good ones mixed in, is ideal for such a guessing contest.
- Stamp Treasure Hunt: Packages of stamps are hidden in all parts of the room. Club members search for them, keeping what they find for their collection. Use some really good stamps and also, to create amusement, some utterly worthless ones.
- Stamp Grab Bag: Each person draws a stamp package, sight unseen, from a bag or box. Use worthwhile "grabs" and incluse one specially fine prize and one worthless "booby" prize. Wrap the booby prize in a grand manner: many boxes within boxes, for example, at last revealing a common one-cent stamp, or a single hinge! The stamps to be used in the above-mentioned stunts can be purchased by the club treasury, or each member can pay a small sum to defray the cost.
- Auction Sale: This is an ever-delightful stunt for stamp clubs. Stamps are put up for sale by various members and "knocked down" to the highest bidder. A comission of from 10% to 20% of the selling price is charged and turned over to the club treasury. In this way members can profitably dispose of their duplicates. Many clubs hold auction sales at every meeting and find them an unending source of entertainment, especially where the club humorist is appointed as auctioneer.
For other ideas, we suggest that you obtain a book on party games, and look through it for games that can be adapted to stamp collectors, always using stamps or philatelic supplies for prizes. Remember that the more original your stunts and entertainment, the more people will join your club.
Getting new members
One of the most important club activities should be helping to spread philately: showing other people what stamp collecting is all about, starting new collectors, and getting new members for the club.
Visitors should be frequently invited to club meetings, and encouraged to start stamp collections of their own.
Once a year, at least, the club should hold an exhibition in some public place. Interesting displays, especially fine album pages, stamps and their stories, etc., can be shown. The local library or church may be able to offer a room for this purpose; or a merchant can often be persuaded to donate a display window for the exhibition, in teturn for its advertising value to him. Prizes should be awarded for the best exhibits, and local stamp dealers, who will probably be glad to furnish the prizes, can be enlisted as judges.
From time to time the club should hold "new member" contests; and the person who brings in the largest number of new members should be rewarded with some substantial prize.
The more members you have in your club, the liverlier things will be. It means bigger and better entertainments and auction sales, and more opportunities for swapping duplicates. Remember that the larger the roll of its members, the more interesting and enjoyable a stamp club will be to all who belong to it.
Page 30. Natives of Far-off Lands